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Photo of the Day: Where's the Wind Farm? 0

Photo of the Day: Where's the Wind Farm?

Click to enlarge (high resolution); Photo: Navingo BV Given the everlasting concern of visual impact that offshore wind farms might have, especially with regard to tourist destinations, Offshore WIND decided to feature this photo of the Sheringham Shoal wind farm, or rather the absence of it from the horizon. The wind farm comprises 88 Siemens 3.6MW turbines, located in the Greater Wash, between 17 and 23 kilometres (10 15 miles) off the Norfolk coast, north of the seaside town of Sheringham. The turbines are visible from the shore approximately 60% of the time, depending on the weather conditions, Scira, the company behind the wind farm, says on its website.

The photo was taken last week by one of our reporters from the deck of Tidal Transit s vessel Umoe Firmus 1 in Wells-next-the-Sea, some 13 miles (approx.

21 kilometers) from the Sheringham Shoal wind farm.

The wind farm, fully operational since 2012, also consists of two offshore substations, two 132kV subsea export cables of about 22km each, as well as a 21.6km onshore cable and an inland substation.

Offshore WIND Staff References ^ vessel Umoe Firmus (www.offshorewind.biz)

North Holland Urges Govt to Clarify OW Procedures 0

North Holland Urges Govt to Clarify OW Procedures

Dutch province of North Holland said that the government is not giving its best to provide insight into the various procedures for wind farms. Currently, it is not made clear for residents and businesses when the government decides something, said Provincial Executive for Economic Affairs, Jaap Bond. According to the province, it is important that the construction of offshore wind farms, with their support bases at sea and on the coast, does not happen within the 12-mile zone and that the coastal municipalities and their tourism entrepreneurs should be adequately involved.

At this moment there are several procedures to enable wind farms in the North Sea. The National Structural Vision of Wind Energy at Sea (Rijksstructuurvisie Windenergie op Zee), which would allow the installation of wind turbines within the 12-mile zone, is still under examination and the final decision has not been taken yet. Meanwhile, the government is already considering the erection of wind turbines within the 12-mile zone in another document (Notie Reikwijdte en Detailniveau Kavel besluiten Windparken Hollandse Kust).

The province is concerned that the parallel running of both procedures is detrimental to the involvement and participation of the residents, and considers it socially irresponsible.

It urged the government to adopt a clear plan and to offer insight into the coherence of the various procedures and decisions.

East of England's Offshore Wind Dream Coming True 0

East of England's Offshore Wind Dream Coming True

Development of major offshore wind farms off Norfolk and Suffolk is rapidly becoming a reality following a key announcement by the Crown Estate, said Johnathan Reynolds, Director of Nautilus Associates, who is also in charge of business development at OrbisEnergy. These are very exciting times, and after years of these projects being on the horizon they are now within touching distance, Reynolds said. His comment came after the Crown Estate, which manages the seabed around the UK, announced that it had reached agreements 1 with three developers ScottishPower Renewables, Vattenfall and DONG Energy on new projects and changes within their respective zones.

Reynolds said Crown Estate s announcement was a significant boost for the region, coming hot on the heels of recent major announcements on the investment at Great Yarmouth port 2 to support the construction of East Anglia One, and the offshore services contract 3 for the Galloper project being awarded to OrbisEnergy tenant, James Fisher Marine Services. The region has been anticipating these schemes for some time, but this new Crown Estate commitment means they are now fast becoming a reality, Reynolds said. This is welcome news for offshore wind in the East of England, which in the years to come will see billions of pounds worth of investment in energy, thousands of jobs during construction and hundreds in longer term operations and maintenance.

It will give even greater confidence to investors and supply chain businesses across the region that offshore wind is here, and will be for decades to come. East Anglia ONE has previously said that its presence at OrbisEnergy was a key influence to it securing permission to develop, and we look forward to continuing to support ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall through the development of these new projects off the region s coast. OrbisEnergy is a major catalyst for the sector and will be supporting local businesses as they explore the huge opportunities being presented by these major projects.

Jonathan Cole, managing director for offshore wind at ScottishPower Renewables, told the East of England Energy Group s SNS2016 conference last week that offshore wind farms would be built off the East Anglia coast for the next decade.

The water depth off the East of England was perfect for building wind farms, enabling developers to standardise and industrialise offshore wind to drive opportunity up and drive costs down, he said.

References ^ reached agreements (www.offshorewind.biz) ^ Great Yarmouth port (www.offshorewind.biz) ^ offshore services contract (www.offshorewind.biz)